Meeting Focuses On 16 Commodities
Sumter County farmer Pat Buck, left, visits with Alabama Agriculture and Industries Commissioner John McMillan prior to attending educational sessions during the Commodity Organizational Meeting in Montgomery. Nearly 700 farmers attended the event Feb. 7-9.
Nearly 700 farmers representing 16 commodities met in Montgomery Feb. 7-9 to help chart the course for the Alabama Farmers Federation.
During the Commodity Organizational Meeting, attendees learned more about their individual commodities, elected leaders and honored outgoing committee members for their years of service.
Hale County farmer Townsend Kyser serves on the Federation’s State Catfish Committee, which he said allows him to work directly with other farmers.
“We elect spokesmen to deal with our issues as they arise and help look after our industry,” Kyser said. “That allows farmers back home to tend to the daily needs of their farms and commodity.”
Special guest speakers addressed the crowd each day during lunch, including Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange in his final speaking engagement before being appointed to the U.S. Senate. Strange discussed his optimism for fiscal and regulatory reforms under President Donald Trump’s administration.
Other lunch speakers were State Sen. President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, and State Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper.
New members and officers were elected to the Federation’s State Bee & Honey; Beef; Catfish; Cotton; Dairy; Equine; Forestry; Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod; Hay & Forage; Horticulture; Meat Goat & Sheep; Pork; Poultry; Soybean; Wheat & Feed Grains; and Wildlife Resources committees. The Alabama Peanut Producers Association held elections during its annual meeting in Dothan Feb. 9.
Read the March issue of Neighbors for a complete list of new committee members. For event photos, go to the Federation’s Facebook page or Flickr.com/AlabamaFarmers.